Cartoon-inspired baby names

by Tanya Glover

Toon time

Sure — you watched cartoons when you are a kid… but when you’re an adult, it may seem like a guilty pleasure. Forget about the guilt and focus on the pleasure side of the equation, and share your love for something enjoyed by millions of people of all ages.

Whether you’re are a die-hard cartoon lover or a more of a fan of the zeitgeist aspect of animation, you can mine the history of cartooning to find lots of fantastic choices for cartoon baby names!

Your search though time

Cartoons have been around for a long time. The first one ever made was Gertie and the Dinosaur in 1914 by Winsor McCay. If you are really hardcore about your cartoons and want to have a name symbolic to their beginning, Gertie is definitely a unique option.

Some more familiar classic cartoon names are also pretty popular and include Boris, Natasha and Rocky, all names from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Bullwinkle would also be an interesting choice… but I would think that one through before giving it to my child.

There are many Disney names that fall under the classic category as well. (Modern ones will be covered in the next section.) Mickey Mouse is perhaps the most popular cartoon character of all times. Don’t like Mickey? Also consider Donald, Minnie or Daisy, all classic Disney cartoon names.

Disney is very popular, but growing up, my favorite was the Looney Tunes! I would consider them to be classic as they were on when I was a child. Names like Petunia (Porky Pig’s girlfriend) and Sam (Yosemite) are classic names worth considering. (Some you may want to use for the purpose of a nickname, though I would steer clear of Porky altogether.)

More classic cartoon names to choose from are Fred, Velma and Daphne (Scooby Doo). My kids love Tom and Jerry, which are also solid names. The Archie cartoon (made from the comic) gives you Archie, Betty and Veronica from which to choose. And let’s not forget the names Josie, Melody, Valerie, Alexander, Alexandra, Alan and Sebastian from Josie and the Pussycats!

Maybe you are a Flintstones fan? If so, consider Fred, Barney, Betty, Wilma, Dino or maybe even Pebbles. (Bam-Bam is probably not the greatest option.) Did you watch every single episode of the retro-futuristic cartoon The Jetsons? There you have George, Jane, Astro, Elroy, Judy and Rosie. The possibilities are truly endless.

The first family of the future: The Jetsons (1962)

More from the peanut gallery

Peanuts has been a popular cartoon for many generations. If you are a fan then consider Charlie, Lucy, Marcie, Snoopy, Woodstock, Schroeder or Linus. While Pig-Pen is cute, your child may not think so. More names from cartoons that were also comic strips are Calvin and Hobbes, which are beloved characters.

If you grew up in the ’90s, then you may remember those interesting characters, Beavis and Butthead (one of those is more socially acceptable as a name than the other) — and also Daria.

Personally, I love the Simpsons which is the longest running cartoon ever made, first appearing on Tracy Ullman’s show in 1987. The names you can consider from this show are Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, Patty, Selma, Monty and Smithers. While Family Guy may not be your cup of tea, it does have some good name choices, such as Peter, Lois, Brian, Meg and Stewie.

The more modern side of things

For some more cartoon name ideas, you can look to SpongeBob Squarepants. Here you have Bob, Eugene, Patrick, Sandy and Gary. From the Fairly Odd Parents, consider Timmy, Turner, Cosmo and Wanda.

Love Disney movies? There are so many popular names from more current (and remade) cartoon movies. These include Ariel, Ursula, Titan and Eric, all from The Little Mermaid. Beauty and Belle from Beauty and the Beast are very cool, and so are Esmeralda (Hunchback of Notre Dame), Rapunzel, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Aladdin, Rafiki, Simba and Timon (The Lion King) and many, many more.

By choosing a cartoon name for your child, you have the chance to share your love of animation with your child in a meaningful and lasting way.

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